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Speech & Hearing Science :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Speech & Hearing Science
College of Applied Health Sciences

Research Staff

Laboratory Director

Dr. DeThorne initiated the Child Language & Literacy Lab in the fall of 2005. It has been funded in part through grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R01 HD50307-01A2; R01 HD38076-03), Autism Speaks (#5744), US Department of Education, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation.

PhD Students

3 PhD students Mariana Aparicio Betancourt, Verónica Vidal, and Megan-Brette Hamilton

My current PhD students include Mariana Aparicio Betancourt, Verónica Vidal, and Megan-Brette Hamilton. A summary of their research interests is available at

An overview of our PhD program in SHS is available here: with details regarding the admission process here:


How to get involved:

Undergraduates and Masters students who are able to dedicate at least 4 hours/week to lab via independent study or volunteer work are encouraged to apply to the Child Language & Literacy Laboratory. Preference is given to conscientious students with a GPA of at least 3.75 who are seeking a collaborative work environment. To apply, please email the lab director with an informal statement of interest, a copy of your transcript (unofficial is fine), and the name of at least one prior instructor who can be called upon as a reference.

Dr. Laura DeThorne and students standing in front of the Alma Mater statue

Contact Information

Dr. Laura S. DeThorne, Ph.D.
Child Language and Literacy Laboratory
Department of Speech and Hearing Science, MC-482
207 Speech and Hearing Bldg.
901 South Sixth Avenue
Champaign, IL 61821

Tel: (217) 333-2230
Fax: (217) 244-2235
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